Last spring, David Phelps tried to prove to the Yankees that he belonged in the big leagues This year, he’s trying to prove he should stay there.
Phelps is off to a pretty good start.
The 26-year-old righthander blanked the Blue Jays for five innings Sunday, leading the Yankees to a 3-0 win over Toronto at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Phelps allowed three hits and walked one while striking out three to continue his red-hot spring.
“I proved to myself last year that I’m capable of getting big-league hitters out,” Phelps said. “There are definitely things I need to work on, but I’m taking the positives from last year and trying to build on it.
“Everyone is out there just trying to make an impression.”

Phelps is competing with Ivan Nova for the fifth spot in the Yankees’ rotation, a race that has received little fanfare this spring. Phelps is certainly doing his part, allowing one run over 14 innings in four starts for a sparkling 0.64 ERA. He’s allowed 10 hits while walking three and striking out six.
Nova got off to a later start than Phelps, who was already throwing live batting practice sessions when other pitchers were still getting off a bullpen mound for the first or second time. Still, Nova has looked solid in his two outings, allowing one run on four hits and one walk, while striking out three, over five innings.


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